Sunday, May 1, 2016

January 2016 - Chinese New Year and A Trip Down Memory Lane...

Chinese New Year and A Trip Down Memory Lane...

Behind again.  I am just now posting from my January 2016 trip.  I cancelled my December trip when mom became extremely sick.  This was originally going to be a trip for both of us that we booked back in July, and then she wanted me to go by myself, and then...well, she got extremely ill, and I cancelled the trip altogether.  The night we were originally supposed to leave in December was the night she went into the hospital for the last time. 

I took this trip in January to get out and try to do something for me.  In the end, I did a lot of things for my mom for the last time: I gambled at some of her favorite machines, visited some of her favorite casinos, and ate at some of her favorite restaurants.  

I love you and miss you, mama.  You will always be in my heart and on my mind.  

Here is my trip report in photos. 

First photo of the trip.
I love coming out of the casino and seeing my favorite things.

Chandelier Bar view at Cosmopolitan

Drinks with Evoni.  I think mine was Lucky Be A Lady.  I can't remember hers.

Me and Evoni Diana.  It was so dark in the lounge that the flash was overwhelming.
It was good to see her again.

Bellagio lobby

A different perspective.

Chinese New Year display at Bellagio's Conservatory

I prefer Conservatory photos at night - the colors are richer.

Not crazy about the monkeys.  They look creepy!

Morning view from my room at Flamingo.
One of my favorite photos from this trip.

Mom at breakfast - Mon Ami Gabi

Clydesdales coming...

They made several passes while filming a commercial for the new Beer Park at Paris.

Palazzo's Chinese New Year Display

Creepy monkeys again...

Creepy monkey toes...


Creepy monkey in the Wynn shops

Monkey statue at Wynn

Caesars Palace

Looks pretty cool!

"Crush" at Sushi Roku in Caesars Palace
Vodka, pomegranate liqueur, fresh blueberries, lychee puree, simple syrup, lemon sour, and ginger ale.

Bacon-wrapped scallops at Sushi Roku

Jalapeno rolle at Sushi Roku

Early morning view from room at Flamingo

Caesars Palace

Caesars Palace lobby decorated for Chinese New Year

Love you, mama! 

Mom's favorite breakfast buffet-Bacchanal at Caesars Palace
Chinese noodles, sushi, salumi, mushroom pizza and a breakfast chalupa.
Plus mimosas.

Ravioli (from the photo above)

Lobster bisque (top), steak and eggs (left) , shrimp and grits (right),
sui mai (right, on plate), chilequiles (bottom)

Coffee custard, chocolate and fruit tart, and bread pudding.

My only win of the trip at Venetian.  Sad, but true...

Last morning...

Storm coming before heading to the airport...

There's the rain!

Rainbow over Vegas as we pull into the airport.